Essential Skills As A Makeup Artist

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In the makeup industry, not everything is all about theories because practicality is a must. Some skills are innate in others, but it may be acquired through proper training as well. Having the right skill set will bring you further in this career. but you have to be wise as a makeup artist. You may say you already have the skills, but it won’t hurt to double check what you may be missing.

Take our list as a positive nudge for you to become a better makeup artist. There are endless skills a person could have that are also important in their profession, but here’s something to name a few:

  1. Communication skills
  2. Working under pressure
  3. Time Management
  4. Hairstyling skills
  5. Detail Orientation


This is important even before having your client sit before you. Communication is already key for you to book a client. You must always be on top of your emails, phone calls, or text messages - whichever way you and your clients prefer to connect. You want it for them to have an easy experience booking you so they will have you in mind for future opportunities. On your end, you also want a stress-free job so initiating clear communication and being responsive will certainly be helpful.

On the job, you must still be able to carry good communication skills. You can’t keep quiet the whole time you’re doing makeup just because you feel like you know what you’re doing. Yes, you may already know what you are doing but your client does not. They will appreciate letting them know answers to their questions regarding the makeup you are doing on them. It’s also helpful if you are able to give them directions so you can apply makeup faster and easier.


Preparations are always the most stressful before a shoot, performance, or event. That nerve-wracking pressure when you have a deadline to meet but you aren’t sure if you are going to make it - IT’S CRAZY! But know how to breathe in and breathe out. You don’t want to scare your client by letting them see you panic. Don’t be all over the place just trying to finish a makeup look because to no surprise, this can slow your progress even more. Be calm and know how to act accordingly.

Deadlines are always present in any job. Makeup artists have their own fair share of target dates and times too. Have the impression of being able to work under any work condition. Be professional. Nothing more, nothing less.


As a makeup artist, you are in charge of your own time. You get to choose which days work and don’t work for you. But this is not the same when you already booked someone for a certain day and someone comes along with greater pay so you cancel your prior client for a better opportunity. Never, in a million years, do that to a client. 

One thing to also remember is to take note of the time you use in applying your client’s makeup. No one certainly wants to sit down for a hundred hours to have their makeup done. Do it as fast as you can while still paying attention to detail. You also want to be on time for your next client, if you have any! So always start on time so you can end on time. Even when your client’s late, some still expect you to finish on the time you specified when first communicated.


This is not necessary but it is important. These days, clients tend to look for professional artists who can do both hair and makeup since this saves them the time and the money. It’s also much easier to connect with one person who’s going to render you all the services you need. In reality, people also tend to see trust you even more when you have this skill.

It’s also going to be an advantage for you as an individual because this actually earns you more money. You get to charge for doing makeup and another for doing hair. As a freelancer, this is helpful. For sure, you will get booked more often rather than when you only possess one skill.


Clients want their wing sharp, and their smokey eye completely smoked out. Anybody will be able to notice details you miss, especially that makeup is visual. Makeup being applied on the face also doesn’t help when you are not very keen with details.

Detail orientation is highly important to us as a makeup school. We want to be able to produce graduates who are humble in noticing their mistakes, apart from knowing that they can do great too. Acknowledging that your red lip isn’t as perfect or that your eyebrows are not completely filled in help in knowing where you can improve. Practice makes perfect, as they always say!

Some Secrets In Becoming A Makeup Artist

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Being a makeup artist has its pros and cons, especially if you’ll be working as a freelance makeup artist. However, at the end of the day, if this is truly your passion, the good will outweigh the “bad.” But we’re not saying there’s something completely wrong being a makeup artist. Like any job, this profession also has things you should consider.

We are uncovering some of the undisclosed information about being a makeup artist. Besides all the glitz and glam, below are some truths to enlighten your thoughts about taking makeup artistry as a career. 

  1. You will start by rendering your services for free
  2. You will work odd hours
  3. You won’t work on all days
  4. You may have to travel
  5. You will invest a lot of time, money, and effort in being a makeup artist


Trust is something you must build and you do this by building your portfolio. No one will immediately pay for your services if you have not done anything in the past; even if you say you have experience, clients are likely to ask you for your portfolio.

You can fashion your very first portfolio by doing makeup on friends and family members. Always remember to take HD photos of your work. You don’t necessarily have to use a professional camera. You can even take it with your phone, but make sure that you get the right angle, lighting, and focus.


If you’re already working as a freelance makeup artist, you may be in-demand in your field. This means you will have to work on odd hours. You sometimes have to start early and end your day much later than others would.

There is no fixed date and time for when you will work, unlike having a desk job where you know you will have to come in five times a week on regular hours. This could be good too because not all jobs start at dawn. This means you will also have days when you can sleep in before you start your day.


Makeup artists who have been in the industry for quite a while find this as a relaxing perk in their career. If you are just starting, this may worry you since of course, pursuing your profession should also sustain your lifestyle. 

Be a go-getter and build connections to lead you to one job to another. But one thing you have to keep in mind is to never accept a million jobs all the same time and end up not doing everything you promised. Being organized as a makeup artist is one thing that is vital since you don’t want to be all over the place. Make sure to keep track of days you’re working and days that won’t be working so you can leave them open for future opportunities.


This is good news for globetrotters. You may have to go places, near or far, as your client’s requirement. However, sometimes, traveling for a single client can give you second thoughts. Is it really worth it to travel 5 hours for a client’s request which you will do in just 2 hours? This is an example of when traveling may be a hassle to you as a makeup artist. But in this profession, you have to keep hustling whatever it takes.


Becoming a makeup artist will have a few requirements such as a professional makeup kit, an amazing portfolio, and great training. All these are aspects that you may need to save up for since these will never be, in any way, low-cost. You may canvass for much more affordable options but at the end of the day, you will still have to take money out of your pocket.

Did you know that at Nina Mua, you can obtain all these three for just one price? Yes, we made sure that we can offer programs to provide you with all your needs if you are aspiring as a makeup artist. These programs are our Intensive 4-Week Program, Extensive 5-Week Program, and Master Makeup Program.

Professional makeup kit? Check. Photo shoot to take care of your portfolio? Check. Individual training? Check. There’s a bonus: and industry-recognized diploma! Nina Mua is definitely your starter pack in achieving your dreams as a makeup artist.

How To Become A Successful Makeup Artist

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Makeup artistry is a career that not everyone is brave enough to take. It is generally a rough path at the beginning, but don’t be discouraged. There is enough opportunity for everyone wherever you may be situated. It is possible for you to become a remarkable makeup artist, if you just put your heart into it.

There are several ways you can approach the advancement of your career. Below are some means you should exert your effort into:

  1. Grab every opportunity you can to practice
  2. Build your portfolio
  3. Network with makeup artists & potential clients
  4. Keep in the loop on social media
  5. Consider attending a makeup school


Stretch your knowledge by practicing on friends and family. You may start with little to no pay but you will not regret all the lessons you are going to digest during this phase. It’s the best time to experiment, create mistakes, and correct yourself. It’s not only about grasping different makeup techniques, but it’s also about learning how to deal with other people you call your clients.

Friends and family are your best bet if you’re just starting out. They’re the ones who will completely understand that you’re still in the process of acquiring skills. They will support you in every way they can, which is actually very empowering to any individual whether you're looking to take makeup artistry as a career or not.


If there’s one thing we cannot stress enough, it’s for makeup artists to continuously update their portfolio. Every now and then, you will have different projects to work on and what better way is there for you take pride in your efforts than to showcase it? 

It is highly recommended that you only include the best quality of photos and there are important reasons why. As a makeup artist, you have to realize the essentials of a great portfolio. This will help you lift your career and contribute to your advancement.


Never lose your connection with those who are in the same industry as you. Though it may be a competitive world out there, don’t see others as a threat. Set them as your inspiration to do your utmost best because one day, you’re going to need each other.

If opportunities arise like workshops, seminars, or any gatherings that allows you to network with others, take it. Never say no to such chances that will introduce you to potential clients who may later introduce you to more clients. So just a tip, keep in touch with everyone you meet along the way.


Nowadays, everybody’s on social media. A lot would look for their needs, including for MUAs, online because it is easier that way. The convenience it brings is unbelievable so that is one of the prime reasons why you should get in the trend of digital marketing. Put up a simple page where everybody can have access to your past works and see the magic work. But also put effort into disseminating information regarding your profile or website.


Nothing says trained than a hard-earned certificate. Employers and clients love MUAs who have had proper training because this means they can be trusted with their brushes and palettes. But besides appropriate learning, attending makeup school can be a fun experience.

At Nina Mua, we emphasize a happy and positive environment for all our students, teachers, and guests. We try our best to incorporate everything that will make our students succeed in their career. Our makeup programs allow all to constantly practice and work on each other or on friends and family; we allow them to work on their portfolio by giving them the best photo shoot experience to fully capture their artistry; and we occasionally hold events that gather MUAs, aspiring MUAs, models, and other amazing people in one gathering.

Easy Ways You Can Become A Makeup Artist

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A lot of ladies out there dream of becoming a makeup artist, but worries arise the moment they realize that they don’t know how to approach their goal. It’s a lot of work to get to where you want to be. However, you have to instill in your mind that before any sweet success, it’s normal to stumble upon obstacles. You also have to note that there is no perfect formula to become successful. The least you can do is to try before even giving up on your possible career.

We have come up with some simple ways you may try to get your career going and these are:

  1. Practice, practice, practice!
  2. Work on your portfolio
  3. Promote yourself on social media
  4. Network
  5. Get enrolled at a makeup school

Want to know more? Keep reading this article.


Dodge your laziness and doubts by pushing yourself to lift a brush. Practice means you’re allowed to create mistakes because this is exactly how you learn. Nothing is perfect but practicing will make you better at what you do. It’s all about mastery and getting used to. There’s always something new to grasp because even the master of all makeup make it a point to practice their artistry skills. 

Everyone needs to sharpen their talent to improve. Practicing also allows you to evaluate the things you should do and don’t as a makeup artist. This constant phase opens your eyes and prepares you for more complicated situations. Think of everyday as an opportunity to discover new abilities and ways how you can boost your craftsmanship.


Portfolios don’t necessarily start with professional models if you don’t have the resources yet. You may offer to do your friends and families’ makeup in exchange of high-quality photos. You don’t even need a professional camera for this. A lot of makeup artists take photos of their masterpiece using their phone. Just consider some things like lighting, angle, and focus.

Once you start getting the hang of constantly updating your portfolio, you will be able to see your progress. You will catch sight of how you first started and how you’re gradually improving your work. Bringing your portfolio up to date may take you your whole career but that’s the fun in it. You will always have space for newer content, which you can showcase to your clients as trends come and go.


Nowadays, countless people rely on social media to keep up with the fads. Without social media, we are all probably going to be outdated since this has become a worldwide means of communication. It has been made to be user-friendly so anyone can actually sign up for an account and start sharing something through content.

However, it doesn’t mean that because it’s accessible to everyone, it’s easy to get your name out there. It takes time and it takes the right strategies. We offer programs that incorporate an important lecture on business, branding, and marketing (Master Makeup Program & Extensive 5-Week Makeup Program). These programs are vital in establishing yourself as a successful makeup artist.


In this industry, it is vital to network because this is a significant way of getting you more clients. This is also how you learn further since fellow makeup artists usually share their secrets for each others’ success. It is also a lot of fun to create good relationship with others who share the same passion with you because you are reminded of why you love the career you are tackling. This does not only apply to clients and fellow makeup artists but also to photographers, assistants, models, and other talented individuals you may be working with.


Look no further because Nina Mua is here to help you advance in your chosen career. It is not a necessary step, but it is recommended. You will be surprised to know that there are actually millions of other techniques you are not aware of the in world of makeup. But if you are in the process of just testing out this path, there are programs that are geared towards your goal. One of them is our Intensive 4-Week Makeup Program.

Another positive thing about attending a makeup school is obtaining a diploma. This is an affirmative way of presenting yourself to future clients and employers as many of them look for makeup artists who have had proper training. This way, you get to boost your career as you help yourself achieve your dream. Believe, and one day, you are going to make it!

Why Learning Hairstyling As A Makeup Artist Is Beneficial

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When you are a makeup artist, your focus day and night is probably your artistry. You practice in your free time, look over bookings and always check up on trends and new products. Many passionate makeup artists make their job not only their occupation but their life.

Although being passionate is great, in the world of beauty knowing more than applying makeup can be extremely beneficial. It may be hard to think outside of the topic of makeup, but it can be essential to your personal and professional growth. Learning new talents and techniques is always something that should be encouraged; because let’s face it, in this life, you can never know too much. If you, however, find an opportunity to learn a skill that will benefit you and go along with your makeup artistry services, you should definitely look into it.

One skill that will further your career as a makeup artist is learning hairstyling. In the world of beauty, there are many industries that are very fast paced. These are why multi-talented artists are often chosen for their work. If you consider adding hairstyling to be used hand in hand with your makeup artistry skills, you can seriously become a more employable option in your career. Read more below about the benefits of learning hairstyling as a makeup artist!

You will become a multi-service option

As mentioned before, you will become a multi-service option by knowing how to do both makeup and hair. Having two certifications will make you a good candidate in a competitive industry. Knowing two skills is better than knowing one. What makes you stand out is your knowledge of both skills. When you have a well-rounded education in the beauty industry, it will be much more attractive to clients that you provide more than one service.

It is important to note that the beauty industry does not only reflect makeup and makeup artists. Hairstyling is also a big aspect in the beauty industry. If you learn this in addition to your makeup artistry, you will have a well-rounded education in the field and will make you a strong candidate in all scenarios.

You will be more likely to be chosen by clients

Many people associate beauty services with knowing how to do both makeup and hair. Especially apparent in the world of bridal services, being both a makeup artist and hairstylist will be a dream come true for a stressed bride. If a client needs both makeup and hair services, and the decision is between you, who can do both and another talented makeup artist who doesn’t know hairstyling you are much more likely to be chosen.

This is very very apparent in the bridal business. When stressed out brides are trying to figure out the details of their special day, I am sure you know that they the process to be as easy as possible. Brides will almost always ask for trials. If they get two separate people: one for makeup and one for hair, that means that they will have at least four appointments minimum (one trail for makeup, final makeup, one trial for hair, final hair). Whereas, if it is only one person who is doing both, they can be one appointment, one payment, and the services can be done together.

If you are interested in the bridal industry I think it is essential to learn hairstyling. Although hairstyling is useful in other departments of the artistry, I think if you want to focus on brides it is very important. Brides save time, money and stress when they can find a two-in-one service for their special day.

Your salary will benefit

Since you are offering two services, your cost as a whole will reflect that. If you are filling two job descriptions, you will definitely be asking for a higher compensation than if you were just filling one job as a makeup artist.

It is also important to note that certification for hairstyling is very important. In order for your salary to benefit from both skills, you should be qualified for each skill. Just like your makeup artistry certification makes you reputable, so does having one for hair. Even if you try to learn hair on your own, when you try to present this additional skill to employers, there is still no foundation to your skills and techniques without proper training.

When you have proof of program completion and training, employers without a doubt know that you are serious business. Just like receiving proper education for makeup artistry, it is needed for hairstyling as well to be as credible as possible. Also remember that doing hair on yourself is very different from doing hair on others. So treat this additional skill as what it is, another skill. It requires training and practice just like makeup artistry.

Think about it this way: if you are good at applying your own makeup, that does not mean that you are properly trained to apply makeup to different people. If you are good at doing your own hair, that is not indicative of how well you will do other people’s hair. Both skills require proper training and practice.

Your intended clientele will grow

Many industries do not want to go through the trouble of finding separate people for tasks. If you can do both makeup and hair, you can open the door to work in many different industries that you may not be able to work in only knowing makeup artistry.

For example, hairstyling is a major aspect of the entertainment business such as TV and movie sets. These face paced and team-oriented environments need people who are multi-talented. It is unlikely that these businesses will hire you just for makeup when they need both tasks done. They will hire someone who does both to make their job easier and faster as they only have to go through one service person.

For the sake of convenience and time, many businesses will stay put on only hiring artists who do both. If you do both makeup and hair you will increase the areas of expertise for yourself and for your credibility. The more industries you can work for, the better it is an artist for you to learn and grow.

When you know how to do certain hairstyles, especially film, fashion, and periods looks, it can open many opportunities for you. Being upfront about your hair styling training and mentioning which techniques you can recreate is important when communicating with potential clients.

These are just a few good reasons to consider adding hairstyling as a certified skill! The more you learn and the more credentials you have, the more valued you will be in the industry. This is why Nina Mua offers a 3-Week Hairstyling Program for Makeup Artists! This program is designed to advance the talent and skills of professional makeup artists to achieve basic hairstyling when needed in their professional careers. In the world of fashion, beauty and entertainment industry, amazing talents and versatility is expected of makeup artists.

3 Ways On How You Can Obtain Photos For Your Makeup Artist Portfolio

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Never neglect what a portfolio can do to your career. It’s usually how clients and employers would make a determination whether you’re a talented makeup artist or not. You can say you’re artistically skilled to do makeup, but no one will believe you unless you show them your past work. So step up your game... and put together a killer portfolio!

Being a beginner in the world of photography is no excuse. You can know nothing about taking photos but still be able to put together a sensational portfolio. Just try! And here are also some ways how you can get going with your very first makeup artist portfolio:

1. Do your own photo shoot

2. Assist makeup artists

3. Enroll at Nina Mua


If you are not yet fully equipped to finance a professional photo shoot with a set of professional photographers and models, you can stage your own. You can create your team by calling over friends and family who might want to help you out. Besides being able to lend a hand to you, they could also charge this to experience and possibly put this on their resume too.

One tip is to include a list of people you think are interested in brushing up their skills when they assist you. It’s usually easier to work with those whose passion is in line with you because you have a common ground. But still be open to others who are new to this field. Maybe they don’t have the skills you are looking for as of the moment; but who knows what they can do once they start learning, right? After all, everybody has to start somewhere.

However, if you’re someone who’s likely to learn more individually, the choice is all yours. You can do the makeup look entirely on yourself and be photographed by someone who has a good eye. But take note that this can be stressful. In one photo shoot, you’ll want to achieve different looks so having just one canvas might eat up your time. This will require you to become as organized as possible so this is a great learning experience on your part.

You will get more freedom by doing your own photo shoot since you have the say in everything. You get to choose your own models, the styles, the setup, and all things behind the camera. However, for a more objective photo shoot, it’s best to have someone who has another perspective apart from yours. You may think something’s great that may not appeal to some; so it would really help you improve your photo shoot even more.


Supporting a makeup artist with their client is one way to put your skills into action. You will be able to witness what it’s like to work on a client or a group of clients, depending on the situation. Some would be for shows, bridals events, and TV opportunities. You will get the real feel of being in the industry with all the excitement and pressure. But at the end of the day, this will introduce you to the world of makeup artistry.

In this experience, you will also be able to hit two birds with one stone in this experience. You will get to practice your application based on how your artist mentor wants you to help. Besides the practical knowledge, you will go home with a new addition to your portfolio. You will most likely be given the chance to add this to your own set of work. But note that in some bridal companies, they can be strict in regards to distributing pictures. Just know how to communicate with your artist mentor and everything should be fine.


This is one of the popular options that people are considering these days - attending a makeup school.A popular option if you are in for the experience of learning the ins and outs of makeup artistry, as well as participating in the professional photo shoot. You will be enticed by the photos that will be sent to you once you complete one of our programs. We always care about how our students’ portfolios will turn out. That’s why we always ensure our promise of giving them the best retouched photos.

We only hire photographers that we know are skilled enough to make anything look even more beautiful than it already is. For our Intensive 4-Week Makeup Program and 5-Week Makeup Program, you will get one photo shoot each. For our Master Makeup Program, you will get the chance to do three photo shoots with us. But if you’re happy with your makeup skills and you think that makeup school isn’t for you any longer, we are still able to provide you with a professional photo shoot. Come try our Portfolio Building and see for yourself!

How to Be Organized As A Makeup Artist

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After getting into the swing of your career, it is important to stay organized. When your services, clients and the rush of your life has hit a start button, it can get crazy! On one hand, you are ecstatic that your career has taken off. On the other hand, since you are booked and busy it is important to prioritize organization and responsibility. When it comes to managing appointments, everything from making sure the dates/times are right and remembering the details of your appointments can be easy to miss. Although mistakes happen and everyone makes them, having a setup that will keep you organized and on top of things will always benefit you.

Forgetting an appointment, details of what you need for the appointment, showing up at the wrong time, etc. are all things that can be prevented with proper planning and time management. Here are a few ways that you can be the most productive, professional and organized makeup artist. It is essential- you do not want people to book you and then have you flake! It can affect how potential clients see you and your reputation for the future.

Have Multiple Calendars

It is extremely important to back-up information regarding appointments on more than one outlet. Just like backing up your photos on iCloud because you don’t want to risk losing those vacation photos, you should have the same mindset when it comes to your appointments.

This can mean having a physical calendar where you write down your appointments, having a calendar on your phone and also one backed up on your laptop or desktop computer. This is extremely important-things can happen and you cannot risk having all of your information accidentally erased or not tracked.

Having multiple outlets for a calendar keeps you organized and safe-this ensures that you have the information backed up elsewhere if anything ever happens to the original information.

Make sure to do regular back-ups. We tend to get busy in our everyday lives to think of tasks like this-but backing up your data on all of your current devices ensures your safety and the organization of your services. Nothing can be worse than knowing you have appointments and losing all of the dates and contact information! Yikes.

Include important details about the booking

Including additional information about your appointment will only benefit you. This can be as simple as writing down the client’s name or nickname and noting what occasion they are getting their makeup done for. Adding any information that they enclosed to you as a note on their appointment goes a long way. These details will show that you are personable and care about the needs of each appointment.

For example, if you have a makeup session for a mother-to-be on her baby shower day it is a good idea to note that when you create the appointment. Knowing this before the appointment is a great way to make a connection with the client and understand what the environment of the event is. This is a great tool to use small talk and have the client feel comfortable with you and understand that this is a special occasion in their life.

Many makeup artists may forget that they are a part of some of the most beautiful and memorable occasions such as weddings, baby showers, sweet 16’s, etc. Knowing the importance of the client’s occasion and what it means for them to look and feel beautiful on a special day is essential.

Also, remembering what the client has requested and any other information they have addressed to you shows you care about what they want and have worked to prepare for it.

Set reminders

It might seem obsessive but setting multiple reminders is important. If you set a reminder for an appointment for a week away, it is possible that you may forget. It is best to set a reminder for one week and one day before an appointment. It is better to already know about the schedule and be reminded again then be surprised and run the risk of ruining your schedule.

It will refresh your brain and remind you of the appointment and it gives you time to double-check the details and make sure everything is okay. It is also a great idea to check in casually with the client while confirming the appointment. Something like “Looking forward to doing your makeup for your shower tomorrow!” will let the client know that you are both excited to do the job and also on top of your schedule.

If you are professional and organized, other people will see that and value you for your services.

Do not book until you check your calendar first

Ah, this is important. I know that when an exciting opportunity arises, the first thing you want to do is jump up and say yes. However, even if you are positive that you have nothing planned for the time commitment you want to be 100% sure. By saying something like “That sounds great, let me double-check my calendar to see if I’m available” it is a good idea. This lets the person know that a) you are extremely organized and b) you are serious business.

Be mindful that if you gave your word to complete something it should be your priority. Flaking and going back on your word is unprofessional. Double checking your schedule can only help you- you do not want to book two appointments at once only to cancel on something you said you would go through with. Cancelling on a client is never a good look- you never know how that one connection can make it through to other people. Your goal is to satisfy your clients in every way possible and you want to be the makeup artist they have in mind if they are ever referring someone else.

Stay on top of trial services

This is a tip that many people tend to overlook- although trial services are not as stressed as the actual day of the event, it still is extremely important to remember. Many people don’t just do one trial but even two or three. The reason the trials keep happening is because they want the makeup look tweaked a certain way to fit their liking.

Remembering trial appointments is vital when trying to make a client happy. Finding a look that the client loves can be a process. Making notes about each trial and experience can help you with your next trial. This can guide you on what to do differently to fit the client’s needs and wants.

Remembering trial dates is also important because you may associate the date of the actual event with the client. However, if a trial is needed beforehand it should be stressed just as much as the actual date of service.


These are just a few tips to keep in mind when starting your makeup career! Even if you are just starting out, it is never too early to become organized. Always remember to plan time extra time in-between. For example, if you have an appointment until 12:30pm do not plan a 1:00pm appointment unless it is very close proximity and you know it will end at exactly that time. Otherwise, you run the risk of being late.

Always plan ahead and leave adequate time between commitments to ensure that you will be there on time and prepared.

Our Extensive 5-Week Makeup Program and Master Makeup Program include a business, branding and marketing course where they also guide you on clientele services and etiquette. They also help you on building a website, making business cards and setting up a professional presence on social media. All of these tools tie into organization and staying on top of appointments!

The Importance Of Taking Great Photos As A Makeup Artist

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One thing to always remember as a makeup artist: take a photo of your masterpiece or it never happened. In the beauty industry, it is all about being able to showcase what are you are able to create with your mastery in makeup. As you are paving way for your career advancement, employers will constantly ask for your portfolio and sometimes, this alone can make or break your career.

You can take thousands of photos but at the end of the day, you will only have to select a few - the cream of the crop. You will want your portfolio to contain only the finest photographs and it does not even have to be taken by a professional photographer if you do not have the resources as of the moment. It is all about finding the right lighting, focus, and angle, among many others.

Here are some reasons why it is essential to take amazing photos as a makeup artist:

  1. Your photos represent you as a makeup artist
  2. Your photos display your capabilities
  3. The quality of your photo impacts the makeup look
  4. It makes your clients feel like a million bucks
  5. It scores you more job opportunities


Your portfolio is how you sell yourself in the beauty industry. It is like your golden ticket as a makeup artist so you always have to make sure that it only consists of outstanding photos. Take note that your portfolio is a reflection of who you are and what you can do as a makeup artist so if you display photos that do not exhibit your work well enough, clients and employers will not appreciate it as much; whereas if you carefully set an array of exceptional photos, you will definitely be able to wow the crowd.

In return, people will remember your name more in the industry. You will be famed as that makeup artist whose portfolio is compromised of nothing but the best - and that’s what everyone is looking for! Because truth be told, when people do not know you, they judge you according to your makeup portfolio. So go tease them with your skills and capture those moments to show the world that you are a makeup artist who prioritizes beauty and quality over anything else.


Being able to exhibit what you can elaborately fashion out of a blank canvas is essential to potential clients and employers. This allows them to get a glimpse of your capabilities and your effectiveness as a makeup artist. If you provide them with remarkable photos, it will also parade your creativity that not everyone may have. It is highly significant that you are able to include a variety of the looks that you can do so you can establish your flexibility as a makeup artist.

With strong photos, you are also able to visually explain that you are adept in terms of intricate details. People love everything complicated when it comes to bringing beauty into a heightened level of artistry. It astonishes them to see that someone has the capacity to create a look out of their own hands with the help of a few tools and palettes. You see, makeup is art and art is talent.


Taking the right photo is quite hard to decipher if you do not have the eye for it. You have to be someone, or at least have someone with you, who is keen enough when it comes to lighting, angle, and focus. You will not be able to capture the perfect photo for your hard work if you are not observant enough. You always have to remember that there is no one in this world who can exactly see what your own eyes can - much more that photographed moments usually turn out differently as opposed to seeing it in person.

Give your work more credit by being careful at how you photograph it. You may have done a makeup look that is absolutely stunning but with low light, it may decrease your chances of getting hired for a project. You should also consider various angles when snapping a photo as some angles may work, and some may not. Avoid angles that do not fully show the beauty of your work and focus more on what can proclaim how much of a marvelous makeup artist you are. Knowing your focus is also one thing to consider as this draws attention towards the subject of your interest. Overall, high-quality photos have the most say in presenting your makeup looks since makeup artist portfolios are purely visual.


At the end of the day, you are servicing people who wish to enhance their look through your artistry. And there is nothing comforting in this world as a makeup artist to know that you have successfully made your clients feel confident about themselves. After all, it is your job to help enhance looks to the best of your ability.

It is rewarding for makeup artists to know that they are skilled enough to make their clients feel comfortable in their own skin. As always, we all like to take photos of how beautiful we all look that one time we had our face made. So being able to provide a terrific photo for your clients will let them know how great of a makeup artist you are. This will also encourage other clients that you can also make them as beautiful when they see a portfolio of your high-quality photos.


An excellent set of photos means you have a great portfolio, which means that an amazing portfolio gives you more value as a makeup artist. This then grants you better chances of making it in the beauty industry. This is why you always have to be wary of the photos you take to put your makeup looks in print. Employers and clients will be looking for great quality only and that alone. Keep in mind that once they see you have poorly taken photos, they start to lose interest. You don’t want to drive your potential clients away!


We have put a little list for you to take note of when taking a photo of your masterpiece:

  • Lighting is key. Shy away from poorly-lit rooms and stick to natural lightning. If not accessible, consider purchasing a ring light.
  • Know the right angle for the right makeup look. This may not be the most important of all, but it is still crucial. Appealing poses matter as it gives personality to the photo.
  • Be aware of your focus. Though you may have a lovely wardrobe or an exquisite background you want others to notice, your focus should still lean towards the makeup look you want to exhibit.
  • Stick to plain backgrounds. You do not want anything distracting.
  • Retouch your photos to enhance it but don’t overdo it. You don’t want your photos to look unnatural.
  • Get familiar with your camera. The camera only takes the photo for you but it is still you who controls everything so the end product will still depend on your ability; unless, of course, you hire a photographer to help you out.

If you are enrolled at any of our programs in Nina Mua, you will have the chance to experience a photo shoot with a professional photographer. You do not even have to worry about anything at all so you can focus on perfecting your makeup artistry. We take the worry out of looking for the right photographer, and providing you with a professional model! It will allow you to focus on perfecting your makeup artistry skills. Besides it being a one-of-a-kind experience, it is an unforgettably fun one as well!